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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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The Culture War
"Now I know Christmas is in the air because my pal Jon Stewart is once again denying that there is any problem with Christmas displays. Apparently Mr. Stewart has discarded the evidence I presented showing that there are major organizations intimidating Americans over Christmas displays in public. It is egregious to sue school districts and towns if they display the manger or sing Christmas carols, and it is quite clear to anyone with a brain that there is a war between traditional Americans and secular progressives. In order to remake the United States into a progressive nation, the committed left must diminish Judeo-Christian tradition, which stands in opposition to them, so they must get religious influence out of the public arena. Secular progressives want cradle-to-grave entitlements and income equality, which means Americans would be guaranteed a certain lifestyle courtesy of other Americans who would pay for it. There's no overt religious tenet against the nanny state, and in a democracy folks should decide what kind of political system they want. But secular progressives also want absolutely no restrictions on destroying a fetus, while Christians generally oppose abortion unless there is a catastrophic situation with the mother. Secular progressives want gay marriage, where they have turned public opinion around, and legalized narcotics, while the Judeo-Christian view is that intoxication is morally wrong because you're altering your state of mind artificially. So any public display of Christianity is not good for the progressive cause. The struggle is between traditional Americans, who believe the Judeo-Christian philosophy strengthens the nation, and S-P's who believe America is an unfair place that must be drastically changed. And the tactics are brutal. If you oppose unfettered abortion, you are declaring a 'war on women.' If you oppose gay marriage, you are 'homophobic.' And if you oppose cradle-to-grave entitlements, you hate poor people. So I hope Jon Stewart will reconsider the situation because in his heart he knows I'm right. Christmas is a huge symbol of the cultural struggle in this country, and what a great Christmas gift it would be for Stewart to finally admit it."
The Culture War
Guests: Kirsten Powers & Kate Obenshain
The Factor asked Republican Kate Obenshain and Democrat Kirsten Powers to opine on the Talking Points and the culture war. "There is no war on Christmas," Powers declared, "and I've disagreed on you on this before. There are a couple of fringe groups who think there should be a separation of church and state, but I don't care if 'Merry Christmas' is obsolete. I'm a Christian and I don't think this has anything to do with Christianity, this is not an attack on faith." Obenshain vehemently disagreed with Powers' analysis. "All across America there are examples of schools that don't have Christmas trees, where their kids are not allowed to sing 'Silent Night' anymore. These groups are going after schools, threatening to sue them, and there is something behind this. This is an attack on the very essence of what our country is about!"
Assessing ObamaCare
Guest: Karl Rove
Last week Karl Rove declared with 100% assuredness that Obamacare will be a failure. He re-entered the No Spin Zone and doubled down on that guarantee. "President Obama is repeating what we've heard for months about the benefits of this system," Rove said, "but it's not going to help. What have we learned in the last couple of days that makes us feel more confident? The website is up but it's not functioning properly. The records have errors for one-third of the people who have signed up and the entire back end of this, the part that provides information to the insurance companies, is screwed up." The Factor predicted that Obamacare's success will ultimately depend on physicians: "What will sink this law is if doctors don't participate and people can't see their doctor and have to wait a long time for an appointment."
Americans Detained Overseas
Guests: James Rosen & Carl Cameron
Fox News correspondent James Rosen reported on two American citizens - 85-year-old Merrill Newman and 44-year old missionary Kenneth Bae - who are being held captive in North Korea. "Merrill Newman is a Korean War veteran and he's being accused of war crimes," Rosen said. "The North Koreans also accuse him of committing 'hostile acts' under the guise of being a tourist. Kenneth Bae has been sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp after being convicted of committing hostile acts to bring down the North Korea government." Rosen added that three more Americans are being held in Iran and another in Cuba. "The charges in all these rogue states fit a pattern, they usually accuse the individual of committing espionage or hostile acts." FNC's Carl Cameron turned stateside and reported on Congress's upcoming break. "They have a lot to do but not a lot of time to do it. They have to pass a defense authorization bill so the military can get paid next year and there a whole bunch of deadlines coming."
A Matter of Trust
Guest: Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller opined on a new poll showing that Americans are losing trust in one another. "People are crazy, when did they ever trust each other?" he pondered. "When we were sitting around the primordial ooze, if somebody gave stink eye to your cudgel you'd beat 'em over the head with it. That's the way it's always been. This whole thing about calling an Obamacare navigator and giving your vitals to somebody who got drummed out of ACORN, you're crazy if you do that!" Miller also voiced some very strong opposition to the proposal that cell phone use be permitted on airlines. "If they have people yakking at the top of their lungs on cross-country flights, there will be eight people dead with spork wounds in the first week. For God's sake, this is one of the few places we can get away from this crap."
Controversial Web Video
Guest: Martha MacCallum
Comedian Gavin McInnes has created a web video showing him "fighting" with his 10-month-old infant son. Some scolds were not amused, but Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum gave the video two thumbs up. "I think this is hilarious," she gushed, "and do I think this baby is in danger? No! The baby is laughing and smiling, we do this with our baby at home. Was I concerned when Michael Jackson dangled his baby over the balcony? Yes, that worried me, but not this." On a more serious subject, MacCallum reported on the just-released 911 tapes from last year's school massacre in Newtown. "AP applied to have these tapes released, they believe this is a matter of public record. A judge decided it was acceptable, but the town has cautioned everybody who was involved to shield their children. This is going to be an extremely difficult anniversary on December 14th."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Margaret Wasnieski, Warwick, NY: "People seem to be confusing Jesus with Robin Hood. I don't believe he would be in favor of stealing from the rich to give to the poor."

Charles Ryan, Tulsa, OK: "It's amazing that some liberals use Jesus to promote Obamacare yet try to stop other public references to Christianity."

Jane Bobo, Tucson, AZ: "Bill, please do not interrupt Charles Krauthammer. It makes your viewers angry."
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